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From Boston to Cleveland to Denver to Colorado Springs…

I was going to start this by complaining about my laptop and how frustrating today has been but you know what…I’m tired of listening to me so why put you through it…your not related…you’re not forced to listen to me.  

This trip was taken beginning on July 2016 so I don’t remember the specific reason I picked Colorado except I had never been here before and it seemed like a good idea.  I’m sure there was a commercial or something that got my attention.  I do remember that this is the reason I signed up for Hilton Honor rewards…though they claim to this day that they have no record of me staying there.  Interesting since they promised me 10,000 extra points for an incident that happened the second full day I was there…housekeeping went in to clean and left the door to my room open.  I was lucky that no one walked away with my computer and clothes!  I have not let housekeeping at any hotel in my room since…

This is the first trip I had taken on my own.  In the past my husband had taken care of all travel details and all I had to do was pack a bag and show up.  I am not a detail person but I was actually making lists and doing everything I thought needed doing for a trip.  I got up about 3 in the morning in order to get to the airport on time…I let my son drive me this time…all future trips I either got dropped off at Logan Express or drove myself there and parked in the garage there for the duration of the trip. 

Now for the sad news…after spending two plus days editing and organizing images in their labeled folders they are all gone…all the folders are empty but I found 795 pictures from the trip in no order at all…Red Rock Canyon Open Space, driving around Colorado City, visiting Seven Falls, the Garden of the Gods including a tour I paid for and touring on my own afterward, Balanced Rock at Garden of the Gods, the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Rocky Mountains tour which included the town of Georgetown and the Georgetown Loop Train, lunch at Echo Lake Lodge & the hummingbirds and Bear Creek…hopefully in the order visited.  I still have the folders so hopefully I can figure out which image goes with which stop! 

When I go on a plane I like to take pictures of what is below me…I have paid extra to go in a helicopter to see an area from above…this saves a lot of money like getting to do two things for the price of one.  So on this and the next two trips you will see some aerial shots.  I can’t help myself!  And…do you ever look up at the sky to see what is going on with the clouds?  Well, looking down from above you not only get to look at the interesting patterns of the landscape but the clouds too! 

So…off we go! I left Logan fairly early heading for Cleveland and from there we were bound for Denver.  I got my rental car and headed from Denver down the highway to Colorado Springs.  I remember stopping at a turn out to check out a statue and it somehow reminded me of my brother but I couldn’t find the picture and I don’t remember what the statue was for or for whom…Hampton Inn Colorado Springs…I distinctly remember a Mattress Firm store across the parking lot…because I had never heard of Mattress Firm so it stuck in my head.  

 I got settled in, had some dinner and looked over my list of things I would like to try to see while here.  The reason I picked Colorado Springs to visit was because I did not want to be in downtown Denver…paying for parking at a city hotel adds a lot to the budget…and I thought my flight was landing in Colorado City, not Denver!  I was wrong but it was never a bad drive back and forth…I had to go there to meet up for a tour on my second full day and of course I had to go back to get my plane.  

For now, I am going to leave you enjoying these few pictures.  Tomorrow I will be heading over to Red Rock Canyon Open Space.  Be sure to come back.

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I have worn the dust of many foreign streets, but to brush it off would surely be a crime. I have the memories of many foreign adventures, but to forget them, would surely be a sin. So, breath in the dust, and keep the memories in. – Rowland Waring-Flood

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Next up is going to be delayed…

I have most of the Colorado Springs trip edited and in new folders but I lost the last 61 of my images and I really wanted at least 6 of them…I have no idea where they went…don’t you hate when that happens?  

Today started as usual except I was up earlier than usual…about an hour into my day the tree guy who gave me an estimate about 3 weeks back decided today would be the day he was going to take care of my tree…I opted to have it thinned rather than cut down with the stump grounded…big difference in the price!  I ran in my room to get dressed because I wanted to be out there to see what he was doing to make sure the appropriate amount was cut.  This tree is the cornerstone of my property and I live on a corner lot so this tree would be sorely missed if cut down and an eyesore to the neighborhood if too much was cut.  He was here for almost 3 hours and did a wonderful job.  My neighbors gathered to watch this cool remote controlled cherry picker go across the front yard and up to the middle of the tree to start. It looked like something from a science fiction movie.  

Two of the neighbors were so impressed with the job he did they asked him to do work for them!  

So, there went pretty much my whole morning and I walked nearly a mile going in and out of the house and up and down the street to see the tree from different angles.  

No sooner had that ended when my sister contacted me…she wanted me to get her something to help her out with her health issues…I’m not going to go into details for her privacy but that took up a bit of the afternoon.  I finally get settled and start working on my pictures and my lovely grandson came over for dinner.  Time out to spend with him and the family and now it is 8 PM and here we are.  

SO…no blogging about Colorado Springs tonight.  This is a quick easy note to you but I will definitely be back tomorrow…at least the first part of the day because another grandson is coming over tomorrow for dinner.  He will be spending the night because his father is sharing the drive back to Florida with him and they are leaving early Friday morning. Once they get to Florida my grandson will drop his Dad at the airport and he will fly back home.  

See you tomorrow!  

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Next up…

I have spent the last 24 hours plus going through all of my files trying to find some of my pre-February 2018 folders.  I found the files from my Colorado Springs trip in July 2016.  This was the very first trip I took on my own.

I also found my Utah/Arizona trip and my Kauai trip.  I can not find my Curacao trip…though I am still looking.  

None of these pictures have been edited…they were just loaded on the laptop and put in folders and ignored!  Shame on me!  I am in the process of editing and organizing now.  I will be updating the blog tomorrow…assuming nothing comes up to detour me!  

See you tomorrow!  

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Breaking quarantine for a short time…

In April my doctor’s office called and requested I go to their office for some blood work even though I could not be seen in her office.  Since I had to be out and about I decided to bring my camera to check out a local place about 10 miles from my house.  It is outside and I thought there would likely be few people there.  I was wrong about the people but most were just sitting on a blanket and not walking around so I decided to get out and walk around.  I had a mask with me just in case! This place was Longfellow’s Wayside Inn Grist Mill.  A beautiful spot I had been to quite a bit when I was young but most recently was about 4 years ago.  I came to this spot with my first real digital camera while taking classes to help learn how to use it.  This is a very historical spot in Massachusetts history. The Grist Mill itself was built in 1929.   

 The beauty of the falls is dependent to some extent on the amount of rain we have received.  On this day it was lovely…I had been here many years ago when it was barely a trickle.  

Though I did not walk the entire grounds, I did walk my favorite areas…saw people walking with masks on, a woman fishing and my favorite tree!    

But one of the best things about walking the property?  The water…there is a very long, meandering river and a lovely pond. Hard as I try I can not find any clear information that gives me the name of the river or the pond…or maybe I am just to impatient to find it.  🙂 

I took over 110 images of the water around the Grist Mill and 63 of them are my favorites but I am only sharing a little over half of them.  

I have an image of the actual Longfellow’s Wayside Inn and I saw it when I first opened my folders but now I can not find it!  But I am going to post images of the Martha-Mary Chapel that is a part of the property.  This is a non-denominational church where many people have married over the decades.  It is named after Henry Ford‘s mother, Mary Litogot Ford and his mother-in-law, Martha Bench Bryant. And I copied the image of the Wayside Inn taken and attributed to By Dudesleeper at English Wikipedia. There was also an adorable dog visiting from NY with his humans and they allowed me to take a picture of him.

There is a country store, Wayside Country Store, not too far from here but I did not stop on this day.  It has penny candy that is no longer sold for a penny!  It has old games from my youth for sale…it just has many cool things to check out if you ever decide to come visit.  My uncle and my grandmother brought us here when we were children…we got anywhere between .10-.25 and could pick out what ever candy we wanted and walk out with a paper bag filled with candy.  Great memory!  Leaning my head against the glass trying to decide what to get!  My sister and I came here a few years back and strolled around inside absorbing our youth.  I had flashbacks…great flashbacks! In fact, I am going to post some of those pictures at the very end…after the travel quote.    

Here is a great link if you would like to read more:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wayside_Inn_Historic_District

Until I am able to get out and travel…hopefully in the foreseeable future…this is the last of my 2020 images for now.  I started this blog in February 2018 and I do not want to end it for now just because of a pandemic!  I think going forward I am going to post my travels prior to 2018 in no particular order.  

I thank you very much for traveling with me.  Feel free to ask questions!  Stay safe out there! 

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The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.

– Marcel Proust

Wayside Country Store…as noted aboveDarn…I thought I had pictures of the candy counters!  That is the best part…sorry!

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Time to start heading home…

When I checked out of the Shem Creek Inn I looked over my list of things I wanted to see in the area and realized there was one spot here in Mt. Pleasant I forgot to check out.  It was raining when I left but not too heavy at first so I decided to go.  By the time I got to my destination, Mt. Pleasant Waterfront Park, it was pouring but it was on my list and I wanted to see it!  I grabbed my umbrella and camera and crossed my fingers that the camera would not get wet and off I went. They have quite a few different types of sculptures here, when I walked down the pier far enough that I could see a battleship off in the distance and there was the Old Sunken Hull…one of 9 cement ships built in NC.  If you are interested in the story, here is the link: 

                     http://mountpleasanthistorical.org/items/show/42?tour=2&index=3 

Getting into my car very wet but with an undamaged camera I decided to add two places to my list on the way to Roanoke Rapids, NC.  I stopped at Biggins Church Ruins in Moncks Corner, SC and Colonial Dorchester Historical Site in Summerville, SC.  The places were what I expected and though I got out of the car with my umbrella I had to use my phone to get images and trying to hold the phone with two hands while keeping myself covered with the umbrella was not an easy task. I think I might have been able to get more and better pictures without the rain.   

Going home I stayed in Roanoke Rapid, NC at the Hilton Garden Inn and the Doubletree Inn in Mt. Laurel, NJ…I had to be home by the 7th so I didn’t have time for many stops on the way home but I did go out of my way heading north to go through the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel…I love going through this tunnel…it goes underwater…eerie but cool at the same time.  I had really hoped to stop at the snack shop because the views are fantastic but there was construction going on and there was no stopping allowed…it kind of took some of the fun away but it was still worth going out of the way…and as sunset approached the sky cleared and I got some sunset shots. 

One last stop on the 6th of March.  I am including this because I love diners!  I have been to this one several times now when driving through CT…really good food!  If you are in the Cromwell, CT area you must go check out the Cromwell Diner!  

 One last image post though it doesn’t have to do with this trip…it was a few days after this trip…my last trip of 2020 to date!…but its me humoring me and I hope you enjoy! The March Super Moon outside my front door through the trees.  🙂  

 I forgot to mention…while in Mt Pleasant I started hearing talk about the Coronavirus and some of the deaths.  It seemed like something that was happening to others and I didn’t give it much thought but my sister had called to say she did not want me or any of the other siblings at her house because we had all been out and about and she was fearful we would bring the virus into her home.  I was originally dismissive and that is why I was staying to my schedule to be home by the 7th because I was expected at her house.  In the end I did not go to her house and she has been on her own since my other sister left…on March 5th or 6th.  She did end up in the hospital with an issue for a few days…on the floor where they were keeping  the patients with the virus though she was put in a negative pressure room on her own.  She was tested for the virus 4 times, came back negative and she finally went home! My family has managed to escape this horror so far though we know people who have gotten sick and/or died…I hope you and your loved one are staying safe! 

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To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries. – Aldous Huxley

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Primarily exploring Charleston, SC…

I didn’t go out yesterday except to grocery shop in order to replenish some of my supplies for meals but I did see this cool mural when I got lost…I pulled into a parking lot to turn around and…for more info on this spectacular mural visit…

https://www.postandcourier.com/opinion/editorials/mount-pleasant-moe-s-mural-art-not-eyesore/article_f8c2804e-c6ee-11e6-9089-b7f2a71b6dba.html

After enjoying my down day, I planned an exhausting day that kept me going from the moment I woke up to the moment I put my head back down on the pillow! My first stop…Daniel Island. There was an image I saw that I wanted to create for myself. Alas, there was some construction going on and I was unable to get that image but it didn’t stop me from enjoying this lovely area. I

I was a bit fascinated driving into the town because it was a little like driving down the Avenue of the Oaks in Charleston…but more of that later!  Also, the flowers…we won’t get those for more than a month up north especially because it decided to snow on April 1st.  

I believe my next stop was Charleston.  When I headed south I didn’t intend to spend time here because I have been here before…the first time with my sister but only for a split second and the second time I went I had done a tour.  I did come here because there were many things I wanted to explore on my own that I didn’t see on the tour and it was so close to where I was staying.  I thought traffic or parking might be an issue but traffic was no big deal and parking was only a problem once…and only a problem because the meter wasn’t working and I was afraid I was going to get a ticket. Just some general pictures taken around town.  The bridge is the Ravenel Bridge aka Cooper River Bridge.  

 One of my favorite areas of town was Rainbow Row.  When I took the tour the last time I was here I don’t remember seeing these…or most of what I am going to include in this post. If you would like to know more about these historic homes, check this link…

  https://charleston.com/charleston-insider/lowcountry-lifestyles/the-captivating-history-of-rainbow-row

Another of my favorite places…heck, I loved them all…was Joe Riley Waterfront Park.  Again, never saw it on the tour. Best of all…the Pineapple Fountain!  

The Circular Church…the idea of it intrigued me and it was driving me crazy that I could not find it.  Waze had me going around in circles over and over again…up and down all those one way streets and I’m sure there was a better place to see it from but when I finally figured out Waze wanted me to go into a parking lot, I went with it!  I had to get out of the car and peer over a stone wall but I found it!  One of these days I might go back and figure out how to approach it in another way! And this was taken with my phone because I did not bring the wide angle lens with me and the 50-300 mm wouldn’t allow me to get all of it because I was peering over the stone wall.  This place is cool but a little eerie and the overcast sky just made it perfect!  

3 3 20 Circular Church Charleston SC (1 of 2)

Another stop was St. Philip’s Church.  I parked and got out of my car to get shots of this and the cemetery across the street.  When I first spotted this I thought it was the Circular Church but as you can see…there is no comparison!  

The Dock St Theater…there was actually something going on here on this day.  It did appear at least up to a point they were doing tours but then people started showing up very dressed up and being dropped off.  I did not attempt a tour and am not sure if they were doing tours but something was going on.  

City Hall and the Fireproof BuildingCity Hall is self-explanatory but the Fireproof Building…it is a National Historic Landmark designed to store important papers.  If you would like to read more about this…

https://www.nps.gov/places/fireproof-building.htm

 

The US Custom House…I had only seen that from the water before…

3 3 20 US Custon House Charleston SC (1 of 1)

The French Huguenot Church

Ending with some lovely (I think) miscellaneous images from around Charleston

I was surprised with how much day was left after enjoying so much of this city.  I next headed out to the Avenue of the Oaks…which leads into Boone Hall Plantation.  I did not realize I had been here as part of my tour when I previously visited.  It was slightly later in the spring when I was here last time and driving up the Avenue of the Oaks was a much prettier experience then because all the rhododendrons were in bloom. It didn’t stop me from going though I did not bother touring the lovely home on the property.   

I still have time to visit a few more places…The Citadel…I primarily wanted a picture of the ring though I also got a picture of their mascot, then Angel Oak on Johns Island though I got here 15 minutes after it closed so pictures had to be through the fence, and then Sullivan Island Lighthouse in Charleston and finally though this one is a bit of a stretch and I had to go in someone’s backyard to get it…it was a summer place so no one was around…Morris Island Lighthouse.  Enjoy! 

The Angel Oak is thought to be one of the oldest living oak trees east of the Mississippi and stands 65′ tall, is 28′ around and an area of 17,000 sq ft is shaded.  Its largest branch reaches 187′.  It is estimated to be 400-500 years old and it has survived a number of hurricanes, floods and earthquakes.  Though it was damaged by Hurricane Hugo in 1989 it has recovered and continues to grow.  

This ends a very long and thrilling day.  I am so happy I went back to Charleston!!  I did end up taking a down day after this to recover from all the walking and exploring I did.  Next post I will begin my travels north…I must be back in my home town by the 7th so there is little time for exploring but I will see whatever I can squeeze in!  

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See you on the road!

What you’ve done becomes the judge of what you’re going to do – especially in other people’s minds. When you’re traveling, you are what you are right there and then. People don’t have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road.”

                                                     – William Least Heat Moon

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Mt. Pleasant, SC bound…Come visit Shem Creek Inn and area!

Of course, I did not come directly to Mt. Pleasant…there were things to see between Lumberton, NC and Mt. Pleasant and I wanted to see as much as I could.

My first stop is unnamed…I have no idea where I was and I did not think to check my compass. I happened to be driving down the road and I saw this area to the right of me as I was driving over the bridge. I immediately slowed down and pulled off the road. The area I pulled into was pretty muddy and I found out from the gentleman who was there preparing to fish that it was the first time he had been able to go back to his favorite fishing place since “the big rain” the previous month. It was a Sunday and his wife was home “cooking up a storm” and he quietly sneaked out of the house to fish and give her peace! Awesome gentleman to have a conversation with on a gorgeous first day of March.

Getting back in the car my next planned destination is Prince Frederick’s Chapel Ruins also known as the Old Gunn Chapel Ruins in Plantersville, SC. Legend has it that sometime in the early 1860’s the contractor of the project, Mr. Gunn, fell from the church roof and died. Now his spirit haunts the grounds. It’s said that his ghost can be seen in the bell tower. I did not feel a malevolent spirit while I was there but I did notice the pine tree growing above the bell tower.

My last stop before heading on to the hotel was Murrells Inlet, SC and the boardwalk there. What a beautiful spot and a very friendly couple took me to two spots along the boardwalk when they saw my camera so I could take pictures of jelly fish they saw…one of them was huge and I had never seen one with those colors before! When I checked in on Facebook with a picture of the jelly fish several of my friends said they loved this spot and had been here several times.